Duke Ellington is seen by many as one of the frontrunners of Jazz and as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance and many feel that because of him, Jazz gained recognition as a art form.
Many of his instrumental songs have become Jazz standards, and his distinctive style remains a shining beacon in music. Thanks to a stellar performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 there was a renewed interest in his music and his orchestra, and they performed all over the world.
Blues In Orbit was mostly recorded during one after-midnight session after they had returned from a run of shows in Europe. It presents a Big Band in full swing; there is true synergy at work here that could only come from a group of musicians that expect - and get - the best from each other. Free flowing improvisations and straightforward arrangements show a band that is kicking back, relaxing, and doing it nice 'n' easy.
Side A1. Three J's Blues
3. Pie Eye's Blues
4. Sweet & Pungent
5. C Jam Blues
Side B1. In A Mellow Tone
2. Blues In Blueprint
3. The Swingers Get The Blues, Too
4. The Swinger's Jump
5. Blues In Orbit
6. Villes Ville Is The Place, Man